TN Media News Pakistan:
Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has put forth a proposal to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), suggesting the appointment of a long-term captain and the elimination of the vice-captain’s position.
Afridi, 46, shared his views with journalists in the port city on Tuesday, stating, “PCB should announce the captain for two to three years so that the captaincy debate can come to an end.”
In advocating changes to the team’s structure, the ex-cricketer proposed the abolishment of the vice-captain’s slot for the Men in Green across all formats. He emphasized, “There is no need to appoint anyone as vice-captain. If the captain is not available for any reason, assign the captaincy responsibility to a player who seems suitable.”
Additionally, Afridi voiced his support for former teammate Mohammad Hafeez, suggesting that he should be given more time in his role as Pakistan’s team director. “Hafeez has played a lot of cricket; he should be given more time [as team director]. If someone thinks that everything will change in one series, it is wrong thinking.”
Commenting on Pakistan’s recent performances during the tours of New Zealand and Australia, Afridi acknowledged missed opportunities, stating, “We missed some opportunities during the New Zealand and Australia tours, failing to perform at our best level.”
Ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the United States of America (USA), Afridi advised against making too many changes to the team. “There should not be many changes to the squad before the World Cup. However, it is important to know when to rest or play a certain player,” he concluded.